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Academic Writing Solutions- College Essay Topics To Avoid

Not every topic is a good one. In academic writing there are definitely topics to avoid. When you are choosing a topic, there are a few areas that are off limits and in poor nature.

When you are preparing your college admissions essay, you want to put your best foot forward. That means you should try not to write your essay on topics that defame your character. The colleges are looking for up-beat, smart, and optimistic candidates. Ones that push themselves to succeed and strive to be an excellent member of the society.

  1. Experiences with drug use
  2. This is an interesting topic and one that is great for a self-help book idea. It is not good for your academic paper. It can lead you down a path that you don’t want to take.

  3. Jail time
  4. It may be a time in your life that really effected you but it is one that should not be discussed. You really don’t want to promote the fact that you were in jail or convicted of a crime. A bad decision can last a life time so since you already made one mistake by getting locked up, don’t make another by using this topic.

  5. Your intimate relationships
  6. There is no way your teacher or an admissions office wants to read about this topic. It is definitely one to avoid. You would think this would be an obvious no-no, but you would be surprised how many of these types of essay are done.

  7. Downbeat or depressing essays
  8. Optimism is the way to go. You wouldn’t want to get stuck writing a depressing essay because it is just not what colleges are looking for. They are looking for optimistic students who can focus on getting a good education so that they can get a good career.

  9. Excuses
  10. You do not want to use your college admissions essay as an opportunity to tell why your grades were bad for a semester or why you chose not to continue with the band. Let your grades and extracurricular activities stand for themselves. You don’t want to enhance these aspects by trying to make excuses for them. Maybe they didn’t notice one of the things that you made an excuse for.

Just steer clear of these essay topics and try to stay positive and optimistic. Accentuate your positive aspects.